Netflix’s First Trailer For Stephen King’s ‘1922’ Is Complete With Creepy Imagery, Angry Thomas Jane And A Few Connections To Other King Stories

The Stephen King film adaptations of 2017 just keep on coming!

With the disappointing performance of The Dark Tower and the wildly successful run of IT, Netflix’s upcoming King adaptation looks to terrify audiences using the madness of a human being, rather than a supernatural clown who feeds off the fear of children.

Based on the novella published in 2010’s Full Dark, No Stars, the adaptation boasts an impressive cast including The Expanse‘s Thomas Jane and House Of CardsMolly Parker. 1922 marks Jane’s third appearance in a King adaptation, previously starring in 2003’s dreaded Dreamcatcher and 2007’s love-it-or-hate-it The Mist.

The film is set during the 1920s and follows Wilfred James (Jane), a Nebraskan farmer who refuses to entertain the idea of selling his family land and moving to the city despite his wife, Arlette’s (Parker) wishes. Instead, Wilfred decides that brutally murdering her is the only way to secure the life he has planned out and is ultimately plagued by the belief that Arlette is haunting him.

Check out the trailer below:


The film is the monstrous streaming service’s second Stephen King adaptation, with the Mike Flanagan-directed Gerald’s Game released on September 29th. King recently revealed how excited he is for audiences to check out both Netflix adaptations, emphasizing his adoration for what was done with 1922:

“… The one you want to watch for is, Netflix did an adaptation of ‘1922’ from ‘Full Dark, No Stars’… [M]an, I saw a rough cut of that and it won’t leave my mind. That is super creepy!”

While opinions shared by King about his film adaptations may not be the best indicator of its quality (he’s not a fan of The Shining and positively reviewed The Dark Tower), his excitement is seemingly shared by critics who have also had a chance to check the film out. 7/8 critics on Rotten Tomatoes have given it a “fresh” rating so far, praising Jane’s portrayal of the grimness felt by his character and the film’s dark themes.

1922‘s Connection To Other King Properties

The trailer for 1922 is complete with all the gorgeous landscape and creepy rat infestations your heart desires.

Whether these rats are a figment of Wilfred’s imagination is a question that will be answered in October (of course, you could also read the book before viewing), however King is clearly no stranger when it comes to including these rodents in his works. For example, King’s 1970 short story “Graveyard Shift”, which was terribly adapted for the big screen in 1990, contains a rat empire that accumulated after decades of abandonment at a textile mill in Maine.

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The depiction of an angry family member is a character all too familiar with Stephen King, as seen in virtually all of his works including CarrieThinner and perhaps most notably showcased in The Shining. When executed effectively, these characters are fascinating to dissect because of their development and the reasoning behind their motivations. This certainly applies to 1922, as Wilfred’s deep-rooted disdain for those around him and ultimate descent into madness looks like it’s going to be thrilling to watch.

King fans will also be interested to know that 1922 involves two tidbits related to his most popular works. Hemingford Home, Nebraska is the setting of 1922, which is also the home of 106-year-old Mother Abagail in King’s epic novel The Stand. This Nebraskan town is apparently a favorite of King’s as it’s also the town that the grown-up Ben Hanscom moves to in IT after slimming down and becoming an architect. The trailer certainly highlights the picturesque quality of the town, so it’s no surprise how revered it is within the realm of King’s works.

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Personally, I’m a huge fan of many original films to come from Netflix and 1922 is officially at the top of my list as one of the most anticipated. If we see more filmmakers tackle King’s works with a similar mindset, hopefully an announcement will be made soon about a potential reboot of Maximum Overdrive.

1922 releases on Netflix on October 20, 2017.

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Are you excited for 1922? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

 

Ouija: Origin Of Evil (2016) Movie Review | Halloween Review!

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The Basic Premise

Ouija: Origin Of Evil tells the story of a single-mother (Elizabeth Reaser) who runs a scam Medium business with her two daughters (Annalise Basso, Lulu Wilson). Like any horror film, shit inevitably goes down when a spirit enters her youngest daughter.


 2016 has had some incredible horror films that are well crafted and have genuine moments of terror such as The Conjuring 2, Lights Out and Don’t Breathe… I can happily say that I will add Ouija: Origin Of Evil to that list.

This was probably the most surprising horror film I’ve seen this year because everything was going against it: 1) its title is based off a board game and 2) 2014’s Ouija was one of the worst things I’ve ever had the displeasure of seeing so my expectations were at a low heading into it. Mike Flanagan directed one of my favourite horror films of the year, Hush so I was excited to see how he would handle this sequel that managed to garner a 82% on RT thus far compared to its 7% predecessor. It isn’t without its faults but as an overall film, it was incredibly enjoyable and I am definitely happy I checked it out this Haaaaalllloooowwwweeeennn!

My Thoughts On The Story And Characters

The camaraderie between Reaser and her two on-screen daughters was fantastic, I truly believed these three were a family and faced incredible hardship when their breadwinner passed away. Is it shitty to have a scam business and use your kids for said business? Yeeeeah.. But I can’t lie, I understand why she would feel the need to resort to such measures. To be fair, the Long Island Medium and dozens of others claim they “talk to the spirits” when in reality like 99% of it is all BS (in my opinion) so I can’t fault Reaser’s character too much. Her oldest daughter Lena, portrayed by Basso, gave a serviceable performance along with Reaser however there were certain moments where the latter just had words coming out of her mouth with virtually no emotions at all…

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The standout for me was Wilson as the youngest daughter, Doris. She did a terrific job with the role and regardless of how ridiculous some of the things coming out of her mouth was, she rocked it. The secondary characters were pretty good too, they served the plot nicely and there was a character named Father Tom I particularly liked. There were certain moments that were reminiscent of one of the all-time greats, The Exorcist and I thought he & those moments were done pretty well.

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ANNALISE BASSO (Lena) and LULU WILSON (Doris) | Universal Pictures

The horror aspect to the film was also done well and although there were a couple of BOOMWHUPPAH! jump scares, there were one or two moments that genuinely frightened the shit out of me… MILD SPOILER Particularly Possessed Doris’ short monologue on strangulation… END MILD SPOILER.

The revelations made were spectacular and the first two acts were done splendidly, unfortunately it kind of loses its steam and becomes rather underwhelming in the final act following a major revelation made that honestly made me intrigued to see a film based off those events.

How Were The Other Aspects Of The Film?

If I had to say what was essentially flawless about this film, it’s certainly the portrayal of the time period. Oh my god it was a brilliant idea on the filmmakers to make this a period piece because if it were to suck, at least I would have still had a few oldie jams to nod my head to as what was occurring on screen sucked.

Everything from the clothing and music to the aesthetics, to even the littlest things like the old Universal opening and occasional flashes of blips on the right of the screen that engulfed me into this world and I loved it immensely. These didn’t go unnoticed, Mike!


If you’re looking for another great addition to the horror genre that is set in the ’60s and will periodically freak you out, check out Ouija: Origin of Evil.
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Ouija: Origin of Evil receives 4/5 Matt Damon heads.
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Just In Time For Halloween! Let’s List 9 Horror Movies Where The Characters Aren’t Complete Morons

Look, I’m not sure what I would do if I were faced with a masked killer running around, but I can tell you that more than half the shit some of these people do in horror movies is quite possibly the most ineffective way to handle such a situation…

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WHY, SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR? WHO WOULD YOU TURN AROUND WHEN SAFETY IS LITERALLY FOOT STEPS AWAY?

We are all familiar with those horror movie tropes that make us roll our eyes and scream at the top of our lungs, “Why would you choose to do that?!”

With Halloween creeping its way forward, I thought it would be nice to list some examples of horror movies where the characters’ decisions don’t make you want to rip your hair apart.


1. The Thing (1982)

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Plot Synopsis

Set in a remote Antarctic research station, a group of research scientists are faced with the headache of a parasitic entity that manages to assimilate into other organisms thus imitating them. Shit is fucked, essentially.

Why The Recommendation?

I am certain you have probably heard of The Thing at least once in your life and if you still haven’t seen this glorious John Carpenter-directed flick, make sure to add it to your Halloween movie marathon this year. The characters in The Thing are honest-to-God scientists and they act like it, damn it! It’s honestly worth watching for scenes being set to Ennio Morricone‘s original score alone.

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2. You’re Next (2013)

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Plot Synopsis

An estranged wealthy family on a weekend getaway are faced with the headache of having masked assailants terrorize them.

Why The Recommendation?

You’re Next was one of the biggest surprises of 2013 and is a fantastic take on the horror genre. It is currently sitting fresh at 75 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and if you find yourself chuckling at certain parts, no shame. You’re probably just insane.

3. Misery (1990)

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Dirty liar, you are

Plot Synopsis

Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, Misery places you in the shoes of James Caan‘s Paul Sheldon and makes you genuinely disdain Kathy Bates‘ Annie Wilkes… When revered novelist Paul Sheldon suffers a serious car accident, former nurse and psychotic Annie Wilkes promises to take good care of him until she finds out he will be killing off her favorite character from his novels… You don’t fuss with Annie Wilkes’ novel characters.

Why The Recommendation?

With every moment that passes in the film, you are attempting to find any way out of this room. Sheldon does his absolute best in devising quick schemes to get away from Annie’s war path and you do not blame him for any decisions that go terribly wrong at all. This is why I am not a famed author, guys. What if I encounter a Misery situation?

4. 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

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Plot Synopsis

The sequel yet not really sequel to 2008’s Cloverfield, 10 Cloverfield Lane finds Michelle, played wonderfully by Mary Elizabeth Winstead, waking up in an underground bunker with two men. John Goodman‘s Howard claims this bunker is the safest place to be due to the massive chemical attack that has rendered the outside completely unsafe.

Why The Recommendation?

I went into 10 Cloverfield completely blind and it is honestly the best way to go. John Goodman gives one of the best performances of the year and throughout the film you are constantly wondering what his intentions are. The plans and revelations keep you on the edge of your seat and although the final few scenes are a bit controversial, it is certainly an entertaining thriller that I highly recommend.

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5. The Conjuring (2013)

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Plot Synopsis

Set in 1970, Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga play married paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren who reluctantly decide to help Carolyn and Roger Perron, played by Lili Taylor and Ron Livingston respectively. The family of seven recently move into a secluded farmhouse, where a supernatural presence has made itself known and shit truly goes down.

Why The Recommendation?

The Conjuring is one of best horror films of the last few years. Ed and Lorraine Warren are fantastically portrayed and the audience will find themselves growing more attached to the characters because of how well they are written. The film gives reason for why certain things are the way they are and by the end of it, I had no nails left because they were all chewed off.

6. The Evil Dead (1981)

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Plot Synopsis

A group of five college buddies retreat to a cabin in the woods for Spring Break when they encounter a book entitled “the Necronomicon,” whose text reawakens the dead when it’s read aloud. The friends inadvertently release a flood of evil and must fight for their lives or become one of the evil dead.

Why The Recommendation?

Granted, they shouldn’t have listened to the audiotapes in the first place. Everything following it however, is a thrilling gore-ride and makes me think twice before listening to any haunted cassette tapes. The Evil Dead makes the audience wonder how they would handle their best friends being possessed by spirits and the answer is not always the best.

7. Lights Out (2016)

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Plot Synopsis

Based on the 2013 short film of the same name, Lights Out tells the story of a supernatural entity that preys upon a family and only appears in the darkness. The estranged daughter of the family, played by Teresa Palmer, must fight to protect herself, save her little half-brother, and uncover a mystery about her family’s past.

Why The Recommendation?

Lights Out did phenomenally at the box office, earning almost $68 million on a next-to-nothing budget of $4.9 million and is another example of a fantastically made horror film of recent memory. Characters make decisions you will most likely agree with and what I love most about the film is its ability to subvert those dumb horror movie character traits we have grown accustomed to, especially when it comes to the idiotic horror boyfriend. Alexander DiPersia‘s (a.k.a. Daario Naharis 2.0) character, Bret, is actually not dead weight in the film and has a few entertaining scenes himself (mostly involving quick thinking and a car).

8. It Follows (2015)

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Plot Synopsis

It Follows follows (heh) teenager Jay, portrayed by Maika Monroe, as she is pursued by a supernatural entity following her first ever sexual encounter. Coach Carr warned us about this in Mean Girls but we just didn’t listen.

Why The Recommendation?

The characters in the film are faced with the incredibly unnerving idea that if you decide to have sex, you are astronomically fucked by this entity. It Follows causes the audience to wonder if there are any loopholes to being stuck with It, however as the writer-director of the film, David Robert Mitchell states in this Buzzfeed article,

“I don’t think there’s a place on the planet or in our known universe that a person could get to that this [entity] couldn’t find a way to reach. If people want to live in a submarine or hang out in space, they can try, but I have a feeling that it’s going to get them there.”

9. Green Room (2015)

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Plot Synopsis

The late Anton Yelchin and Alia Shawkat‘s characters are members of a punk-rock band and they, along with Imogen Poots‘ Amber, are forced to fight for survival after witnessing a murder at a neo-Nazi skinhead bar… The leader of the skinheads, by the way? Patrick effing Stewart.

Why The Recommendation?

Green Room makes the audience think “OK, what would I do if I were stuck in a club with a group of neo-Nazis who have the urge to murder everyone?” I honestly have no idea what I would do, which makes this an even more entertaining and thrilling prospect, especially as the characters are faced with the unimaginable.


What Other Films Would You Add To The List?

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Don’t Breathe (2016) Movie Review

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Stephen Lang made me feel like I was doing wrong by just watching this shit occur.

Don’t Breathe tells the story of a group of young hooligans who like robbing people’s homes. Dylan Minnette, star of the completely-snubbed-for-the-Academy-Award Goosebumps (2015), portrays the character who doesn’t really have a good feeling about thisJane Levy portrays the I have to do this because I gotta get out of my completely fucked up life character. Daniel Zovatto portrays the I gotta do this because cash rules everything around me CREAM. An aspect to Don’t Breathe I truly appreciated was although the main characters are somewhat caricatures we’re used to seeing, they are written and executed in a way that makes you have a genuine care for them. I thought I would become bored of them as the movie progressed since the beginning of the film sets them up so exact as to what kind of character they are, however understanding certain characters’ motives made it for an enjoyable watch since you do want to see them succeed at defeating the antagonist… Which happens to be the blind veteran man they wanted to rob… I love feeling conflicted when watching movies because it makes me think of the ethical repercussions of feeling that way.

Me: How dare they think of bothering that poor helpless man?! They deserve what is coming to them… Ohhhhh wait… I kind of want to see them steal all his money and hurt him but I also don’t…

Now I love me some contained thrillers (see: 10 Cloverfield Lane) and one of my favourite movies this year that I have been raving about to anyone who will listen was Husha horror movie about a man tormenting a woman who is deaf. I also love the Audrey Hepburn classic Wait Until Dark (1967) wherein a group of thugs torment a blind woman for a heroin-stuffed doll. Essentially, I like movies where a character is suffering from an ailment that impairs one of their main senses and it takes place in enclosed spaces and short periods of time…

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I am happy to say Don’t Breathe has officially fallen into my favourite above mentioned category. This is one tense thrill-ride that starts around twenty or so minutes in and persists until the beginning of the final credits. I watched this in a packed theatre and it was one of the most fun theatre experiences I have ever had, if you are able to watch this in a movie theatre with a bunch of first-time watchers I would highly recommend it. You and your audience will feel an immediate connection because of the way it is filmed, there are occasional bouts of incredibly uncomfortable close-ups and sequences where you are quite literally bracing yourself for what is coming next. There are jump scares however they are executed not shittily!! Hooray for non-shitty jump scares! Let me tell you, there were one or two sequences where the entire audience was absolutely silent for, the sounds of popcorn chewing and Slushie slurping completely ceased because we were all invested as to what is going to happen next.

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The core group portrayed their roles just fine with the particular standouts being Levy, who I found played Rocky incredibly well and holy dickens, guys watch this movie alone for Stephen Lang‘s performance as the Blind Man. In terms of fantastic horror characters of the modern world, Lang absolutely nails it as a disturbingly strong older man whose hair is full of secrets! Minnette really had two emotions throughout the movie which consisted of stoneface & wide-eyes McGee and MILD SPOILER Zovatto’s character ejacultaes on the floor of a house they rob in the beginning of the movie so that says it all about his character and what he had to work with. END SPOILER.

There were a number of incredibly suspenseful moments where I genuinely had no idea what was going to happen next, which is nice to experience in specifically a horror film since the main point of horror is to cause you discomfort & fear and it is kind of difficult to accomplish that if you can call what is going to happen at every turn. I will say, there were a couple obvious guns of Chekhov’s sprinkled throughout and shots that lingered just a wee bit longer than they should have. I did appreciate that they never really deviated from the situation occurring at the house and that various scares actually added on to the progression and execution of the plot rather than simply being there for those BOOMWHUPPAH! moments… And with a runtime of just an hour and a half, the filmmakers managed to create a lovely suspenseful tale that makes me happy I do not rob homes for a living. 


If you’re looking for a horror movie that will make you feel genuinely frightened and also make you say the occasional “what… the… fuck check out Don’t Breathe.

Don’t Breathe receives 4/5 Matt Damon heads.

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Lights Out (2016) Movie Review

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The Babadook & Insidious had a baby and that lovely baby’s name is Lights Out.

I remember watching & loving director David F. Sandberg‘s short film of the same name a couple years ago and when I first heard it was going to receive the Hollywood full-length adaptation, hesitation immediately washed over me… I am ecstatic to say that hesitation was proven wrong because Lights Out is an incredible movie.

Lights Out tells the story of a dysfunctional family who faces an entity that only appears when the lights go out, as the title would suggest. I don’t wish to delve any deeper than that because I believe horror movies are best to go into relatively blind but I will say, the concept of Lights Out is incredibly intriguing and I was honestly captivated throughout the film. Teresa Palmer and Gabriel Bateman portray siblings and oh man, their acting and chemistry were amazing. Palmer specifically had the most to work with and I thought she did brilliantly: ranging from being a melancholic, cool cat to nailing those severely intense emotional moments that pulled at my heart strings a bit. The relationship between her & her boyfriend Bret (Brad?) played by Alexander DiPersia aka I-Swear-That-Is-Daario-Naharis was refreshing to see because he was not just a dumb dumb boyfriend that is placed there solely for pseudo-conflict for the main character and her family.

When it comes to the actual story & progression of events, I loved every single moment of this movie. Since the runtime is essentially an hour and a half, there is virtually no wasted dialogue which translates to every scene having some level of importance to them, there is incredible development to the characters throughout the movie AND, what is arguably the greatest aspect to it, you genuinely care for these characters and their well being. Why I appreciated this movie so much is because the filmmakers made an effort to flesh out the characters and have themes the audience can potentially relate to, like mental illness and an overwhelming need to protect the innocent. The psychological aspects to it enhanced the movie immensely and I loved the various explanations sprinkled throughout of how the mother’s illness affected her family. There was a history to this family that you felt immediately and wanted to see their story & relationship progress more and more! I wish they expanded a bit more on the mythos of the entity, however I was satisfied with its backstory and how it tied into the relationship with the family.

Now the horror aspect to it… There were a few moments that had the toes curling & hair on the back of the neck stand up. Now I’ve mentioned this before in past reviews that I’m not a huge fan of boomWHUPPAH-type jump scares unless they are done well. There are many instances of such scares in this movie however for me personally, they really worked to enhance the horror aspect to it. It is also a gorgeous looking movie, probably one of the best looking horror films I’ve seen, rivaling that of The Conjuring (2013). This movie is honestly worth watching for the beautiful looking scenes alone, credit due to cinematographer Marc Spicer… There is also a sequence during the final act involving the boyfriend and his brilliant utilization of light that caused me and the audience I was watching with to simply be in awe.

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If you’re a fan of horror done with a story and characters you actually care about and want to feel invested in their world, check out Lights Out.


Lights Out receives 4.5/5 Matt Damon heads.

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Jeepers Creepers II (2003)

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Coach Charlie Hanna: What is that? A flare gun? You plan on being lost at sea in this thing?
Bus Driver Betty Borman: You making fun of my lock box? Because everything in this thing has saved my sweet ass at least once.

Starring: Nicki Aycox as Minxie Hayes, Eric Nenninger as Scott Braddock, Ray Wise as Jack Taggart Sr. and Jonathan Breck as The Creeper, dir. Victor Salva.

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Cinematographer: Don E. FauntLeRoy (Today You Die, Anaconda 3)

Poltergeist (1982)

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Carol Anne: They’re heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeere.

Starring: Heather O’Rourke as Carol Anne, JoBeth Williams as Diane Freeling, Craig T. Nelson as Steve Freeling and Zelda Rubinstein as Tangina Barrons, dir. Tobe Hooper

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Cinematographer: Matthew F. Leonetti (Fast Times, Commando, Dawn of the Dead)